'A Cheapskate's Guide to Exploring Tasmania By Car'

Cradle Country, Tasmania

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Sheffield is known as the Town of Murals, with 55 murals (and growing) depicting the pioneer history and the people of Kentish and was named "AUSTRALIA'S TIDIEST TOWN" in 2014. Found between Latrobe and Sheffield, this township has added more than 100 imaginative topiary characters to its main street area in recent years. The town boasts several eateries, service station, pub and newsagency. The visitor will initially feel as though they are not really in a town at all. It is part of the town's unique charm that it reveals itself slowly. First there is the Philosopher's Hut and the Waratah Museum.
Yolla is a rural community in north-western Tasmania, Australia. It is on the Murchison Highway about 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of the towns of Wynyard, Somerset and Burnie. Known locally as the Valley of Views, the winding roads around Wilmot offer the best panoramic outlooks over Cradle Country and be sure not to miss the quirky Novelty Letterbox Trail. This covers those smaller locations containing camping facilities, but little else.

Smaller Locations

Upper Castra
Upper Natone
Gunns Plains
Wings Wildlife Park & Camping
137 Winduss Rd, Gunns Plains
(03) 6429-1151


Camping on the flats along the banks of the Leven River at Wings Wildlife Park is very popular, with so many things to do in a great location.

Bring your kayaks, go fishing, splash about in the water, play cricket, go for walks, ride your bikes, or just relax under the shade of a tree.

Why not bring some friends? We also have powered sites and backpacker units available, so there's something to suit everyone.

The main camping area is an attractive, large, grassed, riverside area with some shade. Suitable for tents and self-sufficient caravans. Powered sites and a picnic shelter are available near the amenities, and camping is also available here if preferred. The amenities, including toilets, showers, disabled facilities and laundry block, are situated beyond the reception building.

Swap and go gas bottle exchange is available.

Entry to the farm walk is included in all accommodation fees. This area includes buffalo, bison, camels, alpacas, ponies, ostrich, emus, deer, turkeys and more. Entry to the main wildlife area has an additional charge, but you will only need to pay once during your stay and it will cover you for all consecutive days during your stay.

Just let us know that you're a camper and we'll record your name when you pay.


Gowrie Park Wilderness Village Caravan Park
1447 Claude Rd, Gowrie Park
(03) 6491-1385

Welcome to Gowrie Park Wilderness Village offering accommodation for all budgets including wilderness cabins, powered caravan sites, camping, backpackers and bunkhouse for groups.

Experience the Tasmanian wilderness at its best.

Start your bushwalking adventure here on our paths that lead directly to Mt Roland, Mt Claude and Mt Van Dyke. Centrally located in North West Tasmania, This is the gateway to Cradle Mountain and the West Coast.

Riana Pioneer Park Campground
Cnr Pines & Sarah Rds, Riana
-41.216046 145.997314
(03) 6437-6137

Pioneer park is a public recreational and camping area in the cradle coast region of Tasmania's North West Coast, nestled in the beautiful farming district of Riana.

It is centrally located for relaxed day trips to the West Coast, Cradle Mountain, Gunns Plains and the Leven Canyon.
Closed 7th June till further notice

Pioneer Park boasts lovely stone and shingle buildings set in a spacious landscaped park. Powered and unpowered sites are available, suitable for tents, camper trailers, motorhomes, caravans and big rigs. Powered sites are limited and are available on a first in first served basis. (No bookings taken). There is a maximum stay 4 weeks.

Facilities include Electric and wood Barbeques (BYO wood), Camp Kitchen, Toilets, Showers $1 = 5 Minutes, Playgrounds and Shelter Sheds. Fresh drinking water available. 5 Min Rolling Boil Recommended.

Caretaker visits the area every evening and collects the fees.

Pioneer Park is Pet friendly. We ask that you keep your Pets under control at all times for the safety and comfort of our Patrons.

Round Hill Coffee Campground
203 Cethana Rd, Cethana
0429 208 920
-41.476088 146.161749

This paid campground offers powered and unpowered sites, toilets and drinking water and is dog friendly.
It is accessible to motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers and caravans. Camping in tents is allowed.
Please note that check out time is 10am.

Lake Gairdner Campsite
Moina Rd, Moina
-41.483438 146.059257

Located on the western side of Lake Gairdner, this is an informal camp ground with no facilities or amenities.

It is suitable for self-sufficient visitors only.

Dogs are permitted.

Lake Barrington Campground
Lake Barrington Rd, Wilmot
-41.37798 Lng: 146.210436

This free campground offers toilets and swimming. It is dog friendly. It is accessible to motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers and caravans. Camping in tents is allowed

Spellmans Reserve Campground
410 Spellmans Rd, Upper Castra
-41.351088 146.163391

This free campground offers swimming. It is dog friendly. It is accessible to motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers and caravans.

Lake Kara Campground
Lake Kara Rd, Upper Natone
-41.262735 145.844807

This free campground offers swimming. It is dog friendly.

It is accessible to motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers and caravans.

Camping in tents is allowed.

Hellyer Gorge Reserve Campground
Murchison Hwy, Parrawe
-41.273457 145.614896

Rain forest camp. Toilets. Nice walks.

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